Soon to be demolished homes serve as SWAT training grounds

SWAT Team members from the La Crosse police department stormed a house on the city’s north side on Wednesday, just for practice.

It was part of monthly training for the emergency response team. The SWAT team is usually called out to serve special warrants and other high risk situations.

Wednesday’s training was unique because it was held in abandoned houses that are scheduled to be torn down. It provided a more realistic training for team members.

“This is very typical of the houses that we operation in when we do get called out and it’s just a great benefit because we can use tools that we maybe don’t normally, or are not normally able to use,” says Sgt. Jason Mahairas with the SWAT Team.


The training was put to a real test last week to serve an arrest warrant on a man that police believed had a weapon.